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Setting up a VPN connection to FRITZ!Box in Android

You can use VPN (Virtual Private Network) to establish a tap- and tamper-proof connection over the internet between your Android device and your FRITZ!Box. This way you can access all of the devices and data in your home network with your smartphone or tablet when you are not at home.

In addition, when a VPN connection is active, all web requests are routed over the encrypted connection to the FRITZ!Box which then resolves them over its internet connection. This means that you can use sensitive services such as email or banking in public Wi-Fi hotspots with the same peace of mind as if you were connected to your FRITZ!Box via Wi-Fi at home.

Note:If you only want to access devices and data in your home network and do not want to route web requests to your FRITZ!Box, you can use MyFRITZ!App to quickly and easily establish VPN connections.

The configuration instructions given in this guide apply to Android 9 ("Pie"). For further information on VPN functions of your Android device, refer to the manufacturer.

Requirements / Restrictions

  • Android 4.0 or later is installed on the smartphone or tablet.

1 Preparations

Setting up MyFRITZ!

With MyFRITZ! you can even access the FRITZ!Box over the internet at all times if the FRITZ!Box receives a different public IP address from your internet service provider at regular intervals:

Adjusting the FRITZ!Box's IP network

Both ends of a VPN connection must have IP addresses in different IP networks. VPN communication cannot occur if your Android device is connected to a router (for example another FRITZ!Box) that uses the same IP network as your FRITZ!Box.

Note:All FRITZ!Boxes use the IP network 192.168.178.0 in the factory settings.

Assign an IP address to your FRITZ!Box that differs from the IP addresses of the routers used by your Android device to connect the FRITZ!Box, for example 192.168.10.1 (subnet mask 255.255.255.0):

  1. Click "Home Network" in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click "Network" in the "Home Network" menu.
  3. Click on the "Network Settings" tab.
  4. Click "Additional Settings" in the section "LAN Settings" to display all of the settings.
  5. Click the "IPv4 Configuration" button.
  6. Enter the desired IP address and subnet mask.

    Important:Do not enter an IP address from the network 192.168.100.x. In compliance with DOCSIS, this network is reserved for the cable provider and may not be used in the FRITZ!Box.

  7. Click "OK" to save the settings and on the FRITZ!Box, confirm that the procedure may be executed if asked to do so.

2 Setting up a VPN connection in the FRITZ!Box

Set up a different user for each VPN connection in the FRITZ!Box:

  1. Click "System" in the FRITZ!Box user interface.
  2. Click "FRITZ!Box Users" in the "System" menu.
  3. Click the (Edit) button for the user who intends to connect to the FRITZ!Box via VPN. If you have not set up any users yet:
    1. Click the "Add User" button.
    2. Enter a name and password for the user in the corresponding fields.
  4. Enable the option "VPN".
  5. Click "OK" to save the settings and on the FRITZ!Box, confirm that the procedure may be executed if asked to do so.

Now the FRITZ!Box sets up the VPN rights for this FRITZ!Box user.
A window displaying the VPN settings for the FRITZ!Box user then opens automatically.

Note:You can open this window any time by clicking "Show VPN Settings" in the settings for the FRITZ!Box user.

3 Setting up a VPN connection in Android

  1. Set up the VPN connection on the Android device using the VPN settings displayed for the FRITZ!Box user in the FRITZ!Box user interface:

    Note:You can access the VPN settings if you select "System > FRITZ!Box Users" in the user interface, call up the settings for the user, and click "Show VPN Settings".

    Fig.: Setting up a VPN connection

4 Establishing a VPN connection

  1. Tap the "Settings" icon on the home screen of the Android device.
  2. Tap "Network & Internet" in the "Settings" menu.
  3. Tap on "VPN".
  4. Tap the name of the VPN connection you set up (FRITZ!Box).
  5. If you are asked to enter a name and password:
    1. For the "Name", enter the name of the FRITZ!Box user (smith) who intends to connect to the FRITZ!Box via VPN.

      Note:If you select an entry from the word prediction for the name and Android automatically adds a space to it, delete the space.

    2. Enter the password for the FRITZ!Box user (secret1234) as the "Password".
  6. Click the "Connect" button:

    Fig.: Establishing a VPN connection

  7. The VPN connection is established as soon as the VPN symbol is displayed in the toolbar:

    Fig.: VPN connection is established